Requirements for Admission
USM applicants come from across the country and around the world. We consider academically qualified students without regard to race, color, sex, creed, national origin, gender, handicap, sexual orientation, or age. Admission to the University is based primarily on the applicant's academic background, the rigor of the high school program, and the grades achieved. In addition, the University considers SAT or ACT scores, the personal statement (essay), recommendations, individual talents, and activities.
Costs and Declarations of Finances
Due to limitations on available financial aid, applications are encouraged only from international students who are able to fully fund their educational expenses from their own resources. To certify this, a Declaration of Finances form must be filed along with documentation and certification of financial support as part of the application process. Visit the Office of International Programs site for International Students to get information about documentation of funding.
International Transcript Evaluations
USM requires official college-level transcript evaluations from a USM-approved transcript analysis agency. These following agencies are approved:
World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
Tel: (212) 966-6311
Fax: (212) 739-6100
$160 course by course, $100 document
International Education Research Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 366
Culver City, CA 90231-3665
Tel: (310) 258-9451
Fax: (310) 342-7086
$165 course by course, $85 document
Center for Educational Documentation, Inc.
P.O. Box 170116
Boston, MA 02117
$125 course by course, $75 document
International Student Merit Scholarship
(half or full tuition) This scholarship is available to all international students who meet the following criteria:
- Meet and maintain all eligibility criteria required of international students studying in the United States under the terms of an F-1 student visa.
- Continuous, full-time enrollment (fall and spring semesters, at least 12 credit hours—15 credit hours recommended) for the duration of F-1 student status, estimated to be 4 years.
- Maintenance of a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for each academic year.
- Maintain sufficient academic progress toward chosen program of study.